Archinect - News 2015-08-29T13:04:43-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130867323/paris-approves-its-first-skyscraper-of-the-21st-century Paris approves its first skyscraper of the 21st century Julia Ingalls 2015-07-01T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T20:54:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y98bw1jp2kq9a7n3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Paris] has not built a modern skyscraper since the 1970s, when the 231-metre tall Tour Montparnasse sprung up &ndash; much to the horror of the locals, many of whom still consider it an eyesore.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a narrow vote, the city of lights approved <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/577/herzog-de-meuron" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Herzog &amp; de Meuron</a>'s Tour Triangle, a 42-story skyscraper that will be the tallest building to be built in Paris since the 1970s. In 2010, the city voted to remove its multi-decade-long height restrictions of 36 meters on new buildings, which were put in place after the erection of the widely&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128868345/top-architects-defend-some-of-the-most-hated-buildings-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unpopular Tour Montparnasse</a>. With a proposed height of&nbsp;180 meters, Tour Triangle is Paris' first official skyscraper&nbsp;of&nbsp;the 21st century, although it required two voting sessions to win approval. In November of 2014, the city council voted down the plan, but&nbsp;mayor Anne Hidalgo&nbsp;called for another vote, dismissing the first round due to what she believed was political inter-party fighting.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2faulhhneekpptym.jpg"></p><p>The Tour Triangle will supply 70,000 square feet of office space, a four star hotel with 120 rooms, and what has been described as a "Shard-esque Sky Bar." These amenities do not seem wildly out of place for a metropolitan area with a population of 12 million, despi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123135161/nbbj-proposes-strategy-for-creating-skyscrapers-that-don-t-cast-shadows NBBJ proposes strategy for creating skyscrapers that don't cast shadows Archinect 2015-03-17T17:43:00-04:00 >2015-03-18T18:48:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmjxu10rnhm6x5co.jpg" width="514" height="568" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They used computer modeling to design a pair of buildings, one of which works like a gigantic, curved mirror. The glass surface of the northernmost building reflects light down into the shadow cast by its&nbsp;southern partner. And the carefully defined curve of that glass allows the reflected light to follow the shadow throughout the day.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/yc/ycdcq4hut00by8uk.gif"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121976344/vienna-plan-world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper Vienna plan world's tallest wooden skyscraper Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T16:20:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:25:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9l425ipnim1uh7g0.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A wooden skyscraper that Austrian architects say will be the tallest of its kind in the world is to be built in Vienna next year. The 84-metre (276ft) HoHo project in the Seestadt Aspern area, one of Europe&rsquo;s largest urban development sites, will house a hotel, apartments, restaurant, wellness centre and offices, and is expected to cost about &euro;60m (&pound;44m).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by&nbsp;R&uuml;diger Lainer and Partner, the skyscraper would consist of 76% wood. The material choice, according to project developer&nbsp;Caroline Palfy of Kerbler, is largely ecological. While wood requires hewing down trees, its net environmental impact is far lower than concrete: construction would produce&nbsp;2,800 tonnes less of CO2<strong>&nbsp;</strong>emissions than an equivalent-sized concrete structure.</p><p>Of course, there's a reason why our cities don't tend to be populated by wooden towers. And the Viennese fire service has already expressed concern over the designs. But, with measures including "a more fail-safe sprinkler system," the building will likely pass muster.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lp/lpdo0hjaqs4nnvkz.jpg"></p><p>For others, criticism of the proposed skyscraper center around its height. Politicians and other civically-engaged Austrians have expressed concern that the tower will not fit into the historic city's skyline.</p><p>More generally, there's been a good deal of interest in the use of wood in skyscraper design in the last few years. For related conte...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119424546/these-stalaclights-are-a-witty-tribute-to-the-forever-growing-skyscraper These "Stalaclights" are a witty tribute to the forever-growing skyscraper Justine Testado 2015-01-28T14:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-04T11:51:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1v/1vldirztr7536ji6.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dutch designer <a href="http://www.davidgraas.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Graas</a> playfully reimagines the natural forms of cave stalactites and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perpetually increasing</a> height -- and number -- of skyscrapers in a collection of 3D-printed bulb shades called Stalaclights.</p><p>The Stalaclights are characteristic of Graas' eccentric yet sophisticated approach in his product designs: "Nowadays every major city is dominated by high rise buildings. Their height steadily increasing in time...If you would imagine these cities turned upside down it would look just like stalactites growing from the ceiling of a limestone cave." The shades were also inspired by Art Deco-era styles, when the first skyscrapers forever changed the cityscapes of major metropolises like New York and Chicago.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yf/yfq68xm212bxbe1j.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcr1cjdhtr3vp1lo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t6/t6ulc2ppz5w42jfu.jpg"></p><p>The Stalaclights are available online for about $210 each (&euro;185.00) on Graas' 3D-printing label <a href="http://www.layersindesign.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAYERS</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117887760/how-downtown-la-s-skyline-evolved-over-the-last-half-century How Downtown LA's skyline evolved over the last half century Alexander Walter 2015-01-08T14:08:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:26:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/72/72b1e15d9e7572164ae15fe02cada079.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, L.A.'s skyscrapers have had a decidedly boxy style because of requirements that they have emergency helicopter landing pads on top. That code was changed last year, and some architecture buffs hope to see more creative designs in the future. The Times long has taken the measure of the Los Angeles skyline, as seen from the observation deck of City Hall. Here's how it has evolved</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117831575/the-daring-men-building-la-s-new-wilshire-grand-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The daring men building LA's New Wilshire Grand tower</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115104940/1-wtc-tops-the-list-of-most-expensive-skyscrapers 1 WTC tops the list of most expensive skyscrapers Archinect 2014-12-03T11:05:00-05:00 >2015-06-05T17:52:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xa/xa9z8bdegneg8sol.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One World Trade Center is by far the world's most expensive building, coming in at $3.9B, nearly double the second-most expensive buildings, Vegas' Palazzo casino and London's The Shard, which both cost $1.9B to build. Perhaps even more surprising, Dubai's dizzying Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest building, comes in at number five</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts Alexander Walter 2014-12-01T14:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:07:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f57c1101c5d7626f016fd8b6b9ee6a8.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Shanghai Tower opens as China&rsquo;s tallest building next year, the 2,073-foot (632 m) tower will feature elevators capable of traveling 40.3 miles (64.8 km) per hour, or 59 feet (18 m) per second, a new milestone. [...] The question facing the industry today: how fast can elevators go without sacrificing comfort? [...] At 66 feet (20 m) per second, even the slightest vibration will create a shock for passengers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110114834/la-drops-helipad-requirement-for-tall-buildings-enter-la-skyline-2-0 LA drops helipad requirement for tall buildings; enter LA skyline 2.0 Archinect 2014-09-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T13:35:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezlmwktd0f9h494z.jpg" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a move that could dramatically change Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, city leaders announced Monday that helicopter landing facilities will no longer be required atop new buildings. The fire code requirement has been criticized for contributing to the &ldquo;flat-topped&rdquo; look of Los Angeles&rsquo; skyline, particularly in downtown. Los Angeles was the only major U.S. city with such a rule, which has been in place since at least the 1970s.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105803115/the-tall-dc-new-monumentalism-exhibit-questions-washington-d-c-s-building-height-restrictions The TALL DC: New Monumentalism exhibit questions Washington D.C.‘s building height restrictions Justine Testado 2014-08-04T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T19:27:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y9/y925l12zs8l7smr0.jpg" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The recent "TALL DC: New Monumentalism" exhibition took a critical approach to how outdated urban building standards -- specifically in D.C. -- can affect the built environment and the field of architecture, even as social demands and technology progress. Graduate students of Emerging Technologies and Media at The Catholic University of America proposed three skyscrapers among D.C.'s historical monuments to further encourage the questioning of this notion and the definition of "a monument".</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ic/icv1idr2u2l16gs4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tj/tjdfo3f9mcp8wmck.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8r6t4i6dae1df1d.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g4/g45kxlelwxu167n1.jpg"></p><p>More photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_talldc_new_monumentalism_exhibit_questions_washington_dcs_building_heig/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105421785/sure-architecture-s-winning-endless-city-skyscraper-proposal-for-the-streets-of-london SURE Architecture’s winning “Endless City” skyscraper proposal for the streets of London Justine Testado 2014-07-30T20:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T18:50:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t9/t9yjcpjdwp2p5qmv.jpg" width="514" height="578" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SURE Architecture's "The Endless City in Height" skyscraper is all about going with the flow while making a bold statement. Proposed for the SkyScraper &amp; SuperSkyscraper Competition, the entry recently won first place in the international competition. Designed to integrate itself with the surrounding streets in London, pedestrians discover the skyscraper's vertical city inside while walking up and down the "endless" interweaving ramps that wrap around the tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1w3zq4wodvs6n9jd.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lv/lvzmogeovswdju57.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about it on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/sure_architectures_winning_endless_city_skyscraper_proposal_for_the_streets/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105028088/a-gasp-inducing-plan-for-s-f-skyline-from-the-ground-up A gasp-inducing plan for S.F. skyline, from the ground up Archinect 2014-07-25T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-07T11:50:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4p/4p2hlbnqipu3go0j.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new pair of towers proposed for downtown San Francisco would include the city's second-tallest building - and perhaps its most startling public space, an open-air plaza set beneath the main tower's elevated first floor. The project straddles the northwest corner of First and Mission streets, with a 605-foot tower on Mission and a broad 910-foot high-rise on First. By comparison, the Salesforce Tower under construction on the southeast corner will top off at 1,070 feet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/97496121/evolo-skyscrapers-2-now-available-for-pre-order eVolo Skyscrapers 2 now available for pre-order Justine Testado 2014-04-07T17:17:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:35:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xi/xivwe2qf8oyji22u.jpg" width="514" height="622" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Need inspiration to prepare for next year's <a href="http://www.evolo.us/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eVOLO</a> Skyscraper Competition? eVOLO's latest publication,<em> EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 2 </em>is <a href="http://shop.evolo.us/product/evolo-skyscrapers-2-limited-edition-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">now available for pre-order</a> throughout April! Only 1,000 copies worldwide are in stock.</p><p>As the follow-up to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/33335726/evolo-skyscrapers-limited-edition-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the acclaimed first edition,</a> the hardcover, 628-page book showcases 150 of the best skyscraper submissions to the popular eVOLO Skyscraper Competition from the past few years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gt/gt3durknyasn8gab.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apg5rv5ik2ycp2qg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8p/8pr1hfv86gz56d8p.jpg"></p><p>These reimagined super-tall structures explore technological advances, sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural solutions to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the world's contemporary cities.</p><p><strong>Click <a href="http://shop.evolo.us/product/evolo-skyscrapers-2-limited-edition-book" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to order.</strong> Orders will ship out in May.</p><p>For more eVOLO on Archinect, click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/71983/evolo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96415206/work-to-start-next-month-on-1km-kingdom-tower-in-jeddah-saudi-arabia Work to start next month on 1km Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Archinect 2014-03-24T16:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-15T15:08:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/42/4287daa1b5685e475dca387e67fa7d96.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once complete the tower will be the world&rsquo;s tallest, beating current record holder the 828m-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Client Jeddah Economic Company has not yet confirmed the exact height of the tower, but has indicated it will be over 1km tall. In December, contractor Saudi Bauer completed piling work for the tower, including sinking 270 piles up to a depth of 110m.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93964055/too-late-community-mobilizes-to-save-central-park-from-skyscraper-shadows Too Late, Community Mobilizes to Save Central Park from Skyscraper Shadows Archinect 2014-02-20T15:00:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:35:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90bcb48c10b85ddedfa001abb55edb40.jpg" width="300" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last night, nearly 500 New Yorkers gathered at the New York Public Library&rsquo;s main branch for a forum on the wave of skyscrapers that are rising along the Southern edge of Central Park. Skyscrapers that will, depending on whom you ask, either transform Central Park into a gloomy airshaft or create shadows as fleeting and insubstantial as a cloud moving across the sun. Concerns were raised, grievances aired and oligarchs denigrated.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93886900/ice-falling-from-skyscrapers-creates-issues-in-new-york Ice falling from skyscrapers creates issues in New York Alexander Walter 2014-02-19T15:04:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:27:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aa4e0a36873e76318d0d34fef2ac236.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Several blocks around the World Trade Center and the Battery Park Underpass were shut down Wednesday due to reports of ice falling from the tower. [...] Dangerous blocks of ice have been cascading down from 1 World Trade Center intermittently for the past two weeks, leading to several road closures and panic among pedestrians.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91683852/flammable-towers-make-a-fiery-statement-on-the-modern-skyscraper-frenzy "Flammable" towers make a fiery statement on the modern skyscraper frenzy Justine Testado 2014-01-20T14:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T09:43:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9inmjn5uozlu2avn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architects always have the future in mind when they design. That's particularly evident in today's cityscapes as they continuously try to one-up each other in who can raise the world's next tallest, more-modern-than-thou skyscraper for all to gaze in awe -- or not. For <a href="http://naihanli.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jingjing Naihan Li</a>, a long-time resident and practicing architect in Beijing, modern skyscrapers can be invasive and gradually make the city's public spaces feel less familiar.<br><br> As a clever response to the skyscraper frenzy she saw at home and abroad, Naihan created a collection of the most recognizable towers scaled down to meticulously replicated wax candles titled "Flammable."<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewzftesqdvcmbbwd.jpg" title=""><br><br> "Together, it looks like a party of all the alpha males of the world," Naihan responded in an email. "In places like New York or Hong Kong where land is limited, it was somewhat justifiable to build high and dense. But as the cities with the skyscraper were viewed by other developed countries as the representative of modern success, the sk...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89521499/seeing-a-need-for-oversight-of-new-york-s-lordly-towers Seeing a Need for Oversight of New York’s Lordly Towers Archinect 2013-12-23T12:58:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T19:02:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bb62de2af4b3fbf63c95722ca6a2a5c4.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A forthcoming report from the Municipal Art Society, called &ldquo;The Accidental Skyline,&rdquo; bemoans what&rsquo;s happening on 57th Street, absent New Yorkers&rsquo; input. It suggests any new tower casting a shadow over Central Park should require the approval of the City Planning Commission. That&rsquo;s a plausible trigger for public oversight, dependent on city commissioners with backbone who understand design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/89078429/berg-c-f-m-ller-dinelljohansson-propose-world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper-for-stockholm Berg | C.F. Møller & DinellJohansson propose world’s tallest wooden skyscraper for Stockholm Justine Testado 2013-12-17T18:58:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:39:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7z/7z3ulloqjfp1cnfp.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berg | C.F. M&oslash;ller and DinellJohansson recently won the competition to design a future residential landmark for Stockholm. Hosted by Swedish real estate group HSB, three competing teams were required to propose three innovative residential buildings for three central locations in the city. The winners will work with HSB to develop and build the residential complex by 2023, in time for HSB's 100th anniversary.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a glimpse of Berg | C.F. M&oslash;ller and DinellJohansson's proposals:<br><br><strong>Hagastaden:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x9/x9lu8x9nddqm8hpb.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><strong>V&auml;sterbroplan:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f07zq7mc4daw31zn.jpg" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Fleminggatan:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ak/akp1widxmysdpanp.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84300066/skinny-shop-designed-tower-higher-than-empire-state-building-wins-city-approval Skinny SHoP-designed tower, higher than Empire State Building, wins city approval Archinect 2013-10-16T15:44:00-04:00 >2013-10-19T10:24:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/99/9958fa49b847d493bc0f65aaa9105ff5.jpg" width="514" height="474" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tower would have only been 697 feet until the developers bought Steinway Hall &mdash; a deal that allowed for the building&rsquo;s height to double, but also gave the Landmarks Preservation Commission the final say. The approval was a no brainer, members said. &ldquo;It represents the best of both worlds of new construction and design and historic preservation,&rdquo; Commission Chairman Robert Tierney said Tuesday. Fellow commissioner Fred Bland called the combo &ldquo;daring and smart.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/83671758/a-short-history-of-the-highrise-a-fascinating-and-beautifully-crafted-interactive-documentary A Short History of the Highrise - A fascinating and beautifully crafted interactive documentary Archinect 2013-10-08T12:13:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T20:17:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vye2cz4sifgppf2g.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Watch a four-part interactive documentary about the fascinating past, present and future of high-rise living in cities around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A Short History of the Highrise is an interactive documentary; a collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada and the NY Times.</p> <p> <strong>MUD, CONCRETE, GLASS and HOME:&nbsp; Director&rsquo;s Statement</strong></p> <p> Great Cities, throughout history, have been defined by their &ldquo;Great Buildings&rdquo;: spectacular temples, banks, palaces and cultural monuments.</p> <p> But a city&rsquo;s everyday urban fabric &#8209; ordinary residential highrise buildings &#8209; can tell us more than any other built form about a civilization&rsquo;s respect for humanity.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;ve spent the last five years documenting them and the lives inside them, as the director of the National Film Board of Canada&rsquo;s Emmy-winning project called HIGHRISE.</p> <p> About a year ago, the project took an unexpected turn. The New York Times Op-Docs video department&nbsp; called on us to collaborate on a new iteration of HIGHRISE. They gave me rare access to their remarkable repository of undigitized photographs, an archive affectionately known as the Morgue . With the help o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78369996/sky-city-world-s-tallest-building-stops-construction-due-to-lack-of-government-approval Sky City, world's tallest building, stops construction due to lack of government approval Archinect 2013-07-31T14:11:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:45:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e03fve8j3jx60i04.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yin Zhi, head of Beijing Tsinghua Urban Design Institute, said, "The technique that Broad Group uses has no precedent in the world, and the cost they promised is very low. So they either have some record breaking techniques or it&rsquo;s a lie. They are gambling. If they win, they will change the history of world architecture, but that's one chance in a million."</p></em><br /><br /><p> In China&rsquo;s Hunan province, ground was broken for the next "world's tallest skyscraper". It was a brave ambition. The developer Broad Group planned to build an 838 meter tower with 202 stories, in just 10 months. The tower would surpass the current tallest skyscraper, Dubai&rsquo;s Burj Khalifa by 10 meters. But the project has been halted over questions concerning feasibility and government permission.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75530256/the-politics-of-12-new-skyscrapers-for-paris The politics of 12 new skyscrapers for Paris Nam Henderson 2013-06-19T12:14:00-04:00 >2013-06-19T12:14:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f6o1p90wc6k72n0i.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We mustn't let ourselves be imprisoned by a 'heritage vision' of the city," Ms Hidalgo told the news magazine L'Express. "We are working towards a "genero-city" which is to say a city that is open, convivial and in vibration."</p></em><br /><br /><p> John Laurenson talks with supporters and critics sparring over plans to build 12 new skyscrapers in Paris. The issue has generated&nbsp;enough&nbsp;controversy that Laurenson believes &nbsp;it will likely play a role in deciding the next municipal elections.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/69694364/editor-s-picks-307 Editor's Picks #307 Nam Henderson 2013-03-19T17:39:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T14:59:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zczj5rak1g07xas3.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reflecting on the site of Farnsworth House, an obvious floodplain, toasteroven wondered "who pushed siting the building where it is - the client or mies?". To which snooker-doodle-dandy replied "don't believe Mies would ever let a Client tell him what to do. In fact if they tried, he would most likely stuff out his Cuban cigar on their forehead"</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As of March 11, 2013 Farnsworth House is fully surrounded by river water, but neither the lower deck nor the upper deck had yet been breached</a>.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zczj5rak1g07xas3.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69398442/fox-river-flash-flooding-surrounds-the-farnsworth-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a> noted that last time it happened "<em>They even blogged the cleanup: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80993/farnsworth-clean-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.com/news/article/80993/farnsworth-clean-up</a></em>".</p><p>Reflecting on the site of Farnsworth House, an obvious floodplain, <strong>toasteroven</strong> wondered "<em>who pushed siting the building where it is - the client or mies?</em>". To which <strong>snooker-doodle-dandy</strong> replied "<em>don't believe Mies would ever let a Client tell him what to do.&nbsp; In fact if they tried,&nbsp; he would most likely stuff out&nbsp; his Cuban&nbsp; cigar on their forehead</em>"</p><p>For her part <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> expressed the opinion "<em>I think evilplatypus - whose presence here I miss - once noted that the 100 year flood level that Mies used to site the building has been radically changed due to the massive suburban development that has happened upstream in the intervening 60 years. I think the house should be moved</em>".</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aanyp03ix5cc6qj6.jpg"></p><p>AIA Chief Executive Office...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68323386/building-boom-the-london-developments-revamping-the-skyline Building boom: the London developments revamping the skyline Archinect 2013-02-25T14:36:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:12:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ba/babf8fd7eed4bfa4c2f38f32a35c75b0.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The London skyline has traditionally been a slow-moving beast. While cities in Asia or the United States throw up dozens of new buildings virtually overnight, the capital&rsquo;s horizon evolves at a more sedate pace. That&rsquo;s all changing. A clutch of thrilling new buildings is revamping the skyline and helping to fulfil the desperate demand for housing. It&rsquo;s taking place all over the city, but particularly in a southern stretch between London Bridge and Lambeth.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/68116209/shard-builders-mace-to-project-manage-saudi-arabia-s-kingdom-tower Shard builders Mace to project manage Saudi Arabia's Kingdom tower Archinect 2013-02-22T12:53:00-05:00 >2013-02-28T23:22:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h1/h16yjv222450ghel.jpg" width="514" height="728" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The British company that built the Shard skyscraper in London will manage the construction of the Kingdom tower in Saudi Arabia, which will be the world's tallest building when completed. The Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal unveiled the plans, by American firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, 18 months ago as part of a new &pound;13bn Kingdom City development on the Red Sea coast to the north of Jeddah.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/brg0ck2fa80ju70n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c06dc2465d00ada6e2c62e1686e0450.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/65046351/toronto-leading-western-world-in-tall-building-construction Toronto Leading Western World in Tall Building Construction Anna Johnson 2013-01-07T23:48:00-05:00 >2013-01-08T00:29:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zf/zfihbojo0ph0b5gh.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Canada&rsquo;s biggest city is getting even bigger, with a pace-setting number of skyscrapers set to join the city skyline. According to a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) report dubbed &ldquo;Canada Rising,&rdquo; Toronto is leading the western world in terms of new buildings 150 metres or taller currently under construction.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/64757984/double-deck-elevators-rise-as-tallest-towers-test-limits Double-Deck Elevators Rise as Tallest Towers Test Limits Archinect 2013-01-03T17:24:00-05:00 >2013-01-03T17:24:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/13/1310c75c4103417f7f8d0bccd1de3a5b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The United Technologies Corp. unit has to go beyond the braking mechanism Elisha Otis demonstrated with a rope and saber at the 1854 World&rsquo;s Fair. It&rsquo;s working on systems able to stop 16 metric tons (35,274 pounds) of elevator and cable falling from the top of a kilometer-tall tower -- equal to a half-full tractor trailer driven off a cliff.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/64433192/150-stories-but-no-sewer-connection 150 stories - but no sewer connection Barry Lehrman 2012-12-30T11:09:00-05:00 >2013-01-01T19:58:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qw/qwgo74b86ongcnjb.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'[R]emember that a place like Dubai really emerged in the last 50 years. It was a sleepy, you know, Bedouin town half a century ago. And what you do is when you bring in the world&rsquo;s, you know, most sophisticated architects and engineers, you can literally build anything, including a building of 140 or 150 stories. But designing a municipal network of sewage treatment is in some ways more complex. - KATE ASCHER</p></em><br /><br /><p> Terry Gross recently interviewed Kate Ascher about her skyscraper book, and ended up discussing the common lack of sewage connections in Dubai - including the Burj Khalifa. So they end up using trucks to cart the sewage to the central treatment plant, where they often end up queuing for 24-hours or more before they can be emptied.</p> <p> <a href="http://us.gizmodo.com/5857475/without-trucks-the-tallest-building-in-the-world-would-become-the-tallest-mountain-of-poop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gizmodo </a>calculated:</p> <p> '<em>The Burj Khalifa has 163 habitable floors. It's designed to hold 35,000 people at any given time. Now, humans produce 100 to 250 grams (3 to 8 ounces) of feces per day. Let's say 200 in this case, since these people are well fed. That's 7,000,000 grams per day. Seven tonnes of poop per day. Now, add human-produced liquids (pee, bathing, cleaning their teeth...) and the water to push the poop down its miles of sewage pipes. I think a very conservative total would be 15 tonnes of sewage per day.</em></p> <p> <em>That's a lot of poop.'</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/64227047/sky-gardens-add-drama-to-750-million-park-avenue-tower Sky Gardens Add Drama to $750 Million Park Avenue Tower Archinect 2012-12-26T20:15:00-05:00 >2013-01-01T19:58:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4fa416c8d8a557dd6a73a5363d75ca6f.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Park Avenue tower rises from a monumental covered plaza to two setbacks, where the 42-foot-high garden levels expose those massive, dramatic building supports. The top two floors of the tower, tentatively planned to rise 49 stories, form a glass- roofed garden. Elevator shafts morph into glowing blades that slice the sky above the roof.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63218922/isolated-tombstone-stands-among-chinese-skyscrapers Isolated Tombstone Stands Among Chinese Skyscrapers Anna Johnson 2012-12-12T14:01:00-05:00 >2012-12-13T12:41:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rw/rw4dtde0iuf4wmhp.jpg" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a bizarre dispute, a skyscraper has been built around a tombstone in the city of Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province in China. Building developers bought a cemetery with an eye to building a series of skyscrapers on the land. Prior to construction, locals were paid to relocate the graves, yet one family refused the proposed terms, forcing developers to build around the landmass.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>